Awards and citations:


1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for investdrinks.org

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award




Sunday, 23 April 2017

London Marathon – 23rd April 2017


Woolwich Common – the race approaches 

I spent part of today watching some of the London Marathon in particular with the idea of supporting a friend who was running. My plan was to watch the race early on and then head to Surrey Quays and Canada Water. The first part worked perfectly as I got to Woolwich Common just in  time to see the passage of the Elite Men. 

There was also plenty of space so that it was easy to applaud the runners and encourage individuals. However, such was the density of runners that I completely missed my friend.  


The pack of Elite Men 

 Not quite so fast but still speedy – above and below 



It was noticeable that even at the two mile mark there were some participants who were already getting very tired. Wonder how much training some of these stragglers had actually done.  

Further into the race: 

Surrey Quays – the crowds get thicker 

Jamaica Road – crowds four and five deep.
Impossible to watch while holding a bike 
so I headed home

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Loire Millésime: 19th-22nd April 2017 – musicians @Ackerman Cellars


Musicians – poles apart

On Thursday night we had an enjoyabe evening in the cellars of Ackerman in Saint-Hilaire Saint-Florent. We were fortunate to have talented musicians throughout the evening.   

 Mr Sax – a series 
(above and below)




The Trio

Duo picking up shards of a broken glass

The Band of Medics 

Friday, 21 April 2017

Loire Millésime - 19th-22nd April 2017 – chasing after Rabelais.

Statue of François Rabelais beside the Vienne

Yesterday we followed in the footsteps of François Rabelais, author, man of many talents and the renowned promoter of the wines of Chinon. This included a visit to the Rabelais Museum at La Devinière in Seuilly.

 Vines @La Devinière, birthplace of Rabelais  
(above and below)

Young buds to date not 
affected by the recent frosts


 The pigeonnier @La Devinière

Eminent wine writer @ease

View of Chinon from South Bank of the Vienne
after a very dry winter
 
Vienne: Looking upstream
with statue of Rabelais on left close to the trees 


Inside the Caves Painctes, Chinon:




Poster advertising the works of Rabelais